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Program Administrator


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The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is the regional planning and intergovernmental coordination agency that focuses on issues critical to the Atlanta region’s success, including growth and development, transportation, water resources, services for older adults, and workforce solutions. ARC is dedicated to unifying the region’s collective resources to prepare the metropolitan area for a prosperous future. This is done through professional planning initiatives, the provision of objective information and the involvement of the community in collaborative partnerships.

The Community Development Department works closely with local governments across the 11-county region to help address a range of land use, development, and transportation challenges. The Department is seeking a highly motivated and collaborative self-starter and established leader to join its team. The ideal candidate will have a mission-oriented mindset, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and vision, knowledge, and experience of the role arts and culture and creative placemaking play in local and regional planning and community engagement.

This Program and Project Administrator position will lead the Community Engagement and the Arts team’s programs, specifically supporting Culture and Community Design and the Community Planning through Arts and Culture initiative. Such support includes the following activities: program, curriculum, and events development, coordination, documentation, reporting, and evaluation; outreach and engagement with artists and culture bearers, arts and culture organizations, and community-based organizations; and research and analysis of inclusive and equitable arts and culture-led community engagement programs, policies, and processes (internal and external to the ARC). The position will also be asked to contribute to other ARC activities, including but not limited to support for the Department’s Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP), Local Comprehensive Planning Program, and Livable Centers Initiative (LCI).


  • Leads the evolution of ARC’s community engagement practices by connecting with various community-based organizations and formulating a new way to engage them in all aspects of our regional and local planning efforts across multiple groups in CLC and CCS. Develop, refine, manage, and execute community engagement and arts programs, initiatives, and events in connection with the mission and vision of ARC and specific objectives established by the Department’s Managing Director. In connection with these programs and activities, prepares and manages program budgets, requests for proposals processes, and consultant/community organization negotiations and contracting;
  • Manages, supervises, coaches, and evaluate a team to achieve program, project, and individual goals;
  • Develops and builds relationships of trust and reciprocity with community-based organizations and arts and culture organizations working in underserved communities to bring these organizations and the community members into the ARC network and improve CDG and ARC engagement practices and processes;
  • Communicates directly (and in coordination with the Center for Strategic Relations) with the public, ARC management and other employees, Board and committee members, member jurisdictions, the Atlanta arts community and civic leaders, and colleagues in the planning and arts professions regarding team, group, and agency programs and activities;
  • Presents and represents CDG and ARC's community engagement and arts program in public-facing forums and meetings with partners and peers as requested;
  • Represents ARC as the leader of arts and culture activities as well as community engagement efforts at various events, peer exchanges, and speaking engagements. Cultivate and maintain a national presence and connections to national arts organizations;
  • Leads efforts to seek new and innovating funding and partnership opportunities to expand arts and culture work for the agency;
  • Performs other duties as assigned to support agency goals and objectives.


  • Knowledge of community engagement, land use planning, comprehensive planning, community development, local government policy, economic development;
  • Expertise in arts and culture in planning and creative placemaking practices, policies, models, and a demonstrated desire to stay current on these issues;
  • Ability to independently design, develop, implement, and supervise multi-disciplinary, arts and culture-focused, community-based engagement strategies, programming, and training;
  • Skill in managing a team to plan, collaborate, and execute coordinated strategies, programs, events, and other activities;
  • Ability to communicate and present information effectively, both verbally and in writing, to a broad variety of audiences;
  • Experienced in establishing and maintaining strong relationships with a broad variety of stakeholders, including but not limited to artists, creatives, and culture bearers, arts and culture organizations, community-based organizations, local government officials, ARC colleagues, the ARC Board, and other external partners;
  • Ability to demonstrate empathy, nurture trust, and adapt and translate ARC policies and processes in establishing relationships and partnerships with (1) community-based organizations that do not typically interact with government agencies and (2) small arts and culture organizations that the ARC has not previously had the internal knowledge and capacity to work with in the past;
  • Ability to provide technical assistance, conduct trainings and workshops, and develop innovative, collaborative solutions to build local capacity;
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure, with multiple deadlines and changing priorities;
  • Ability to organize, prepare and maintain reports, schedules, program budgets, records, and files;
  • High level of attention to detail and must have strong analytical skills;
  • Ability to work as a part of a team and complete tasks to deadline with general instructions;
  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite, including InDesign and Photoshop;
  • Proficient in standard office equipment, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, and Project), and related software applications.


  • Master’s degree in business or public administration, human services or directly related field
  • Five years of program administration experience that includes two years of supervisory experience. 

An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above, unless otherwise subject to any other requirements set forth in law or regulation.


  • Master’s degree in design, arts and culture, urban planning, transportation planning, architecture, landscape architecture, communications, psychology, social work, sociology, public policy, or related fields
  • Previous work experience in any of the disciplines listed above
  • Expertise in one or more of the following areas: community engagement; land use planning; comprehensive planning; arts and culture; community development; local government policy
  • Demonstrated interest in engaging and working in diverse communities
  • ESRI ArcGIS knowledge preferred
  • Familiarity with Canva preferred
  • Bilingual candidate preferred.


In addition to the detailed examples of responsibilities and abilities contained herein, all employees of the Atlanta Regional Commission are expected to model behavior consistent with the guiding principles outlined in our Evolution Strategy. Specifically, incumbents are responsible for demonstrating work habits that are:

  1. Interdisciplinary by promoting professional and interpersonal connections and integration across functional disciplines;
  2. Holistic by seeking expertise within the team, Group, or Agency to produce his/her work output, and demonstrating a strong understanding of and support for interrelationships between their work and the work of others in the team, Group, or Agency;
  3. Actionable by continuously striving to improve his/her capabilities to produce sustainable outcomes, and displaying a strong need for achievement and a high energy level to attain goals;
  4. Outcome Based by taking the initiative to meet goals and expectations, and consistently striving to produce tangible results with significant visible impact, and; 
  5. Targeted toward Ensuring Colleagues' Success by willingly and deliberately providing his/her expertise to others in an effort to build and sustain effective internal and external working relationships, and by modeling behaviors that consistently demonstrate concern for colleagues' success, needs, respect, trust and integrity.         


ANNUAL SALARY RANGE: $78,507 - $133,462 (no SS deductions except for Medicare portion, approx. 1.45% of salary)

ARC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion or disability in employment or the provision of services.

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